WASHINGTON – There’s been a dramatic rise in children entering the foster care system due to parents’ drug use, according to a study published Monday in the Medical Journal JAMA Pediatrics.
The study found that as the opioid crisis swept across the U.S. from 2000 to 2017 there was a 147-percent increase in foster care entries.
Researchers looked at the number of foster care entries in the nationwide adoption and foster care analysis and reporting system.
The increase related to parental drug use was most prominent in the last five years studied, 2012 to 2017, that’s when there were surges in opioid use and overdoses.
However, the study didn’t specify what kind of drugs the parents used, so the results can’t be linked to any particular drugs.